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Applicants with an occupational therapy degree obtained outside of Canada should be prepared to provide a referral from ACOTRO's Substantial Equivalency Assessment System (SEAS) assessment process.  All other applications will be considered on a case by case basis. 

Site: OTEPP Learning Centre
Course: OTEPP Learning Centre
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Date: Sunday, 22 May 2022, 4:27 AM

To apply:

Please submit the following by email to Nancy Lidstone:

  1. Completed application form.
  2. Recommendation from a provincial regulatory body or ACOTRO (SEAS).  OTepp will consider other applications on a case by case basis.
  3. Proof of English proficiency.  Not required if your first language is English, your OT training was in English, or  you have a referral from ACOTRO (SEAS).
  4. Résumé or CV.
After your application is approved, an intake interview will be scheduled. Payment of tuition fee is due after your application is approved.  Details will be provided on how to make payment.

Registration deadlines for individual courses:

  • OTEPP 1A02 - Managing Practice, Responsibility, and Professional Development: February 19, 2022
  • OTEPP 1B02 - Communication, Collaboration, and Practice Knowledge:  February 19, 2022
  • OTEPP 1C02 - Understanding Evidence and Using It in Practice:  to be determined
  • OTEPP 1D02 - Clinical Reasoning and Critical Thinking in a Practice Process: Feb 19 2022 (spring term)Courses in summer and fall terms to be determined.
  • OTEPP 1E02 - Supervised Practicum: All pre-practicum tasks must be completed 4 weeks before placement start date.
Students must achieve a grade of C- or greater for Courses 1 through 4 (OTEPP 1A02 through OTEPP 1D02) and have completed all pre-practicum tasks by the deadline before proceeding to supervised practicum.

Additional details

OTepp hours are recognized towards currency hours by certain provincial regulatory organizations. Please contact your respective provincial regulatory organization to inquire about the currency hours you require and to determine whether these hours are acceptable to that regulatory organization.  Successful completion of all five courses will lead to a certificate from McMaster University.

All OTepp courses are offered online in real time (web conferencing). Applicants who are living outside of Canada but meet the eligibility criteria may also join OTepp.

Students who register to take part in the OTepp Certificate Program will be expected to join two classes per week (3 hours each), plus spend up to an additional 12 hours per week on homework and assignments to meet the requirements of each course. The amount of preparation time may vary for each individual. Students who do not meet this standard may be asked to withdraw from the OTepp Certificate Program.  Students must successfully complete Courses 1 through 4 to participate in Course 5.  This includes receiving passing grades (C- or 60%)  on all assignments for Courses 1 through 4.  You cannot register for or complete Course 5 Supervised Practicum without having successfully completed Courses 1 through 4 first.

Immigration status:  OTepp is a transition program for internationally educated occupational therapists who are actively seeking licensure and occupational therapy employment in Canada and therefore does not admit on students on student visas.  Applicants must have either permanent resident status or Canadian citizenship.  Note:  OTs in countries other than Canada may attend Courses 1 through 3 online if they wish to learn about Canadian practice, but may not access Course 4 or the supervised practicum.


OTepp Certificate Program:  $9,734.75 in Canadian funds.

Individual Courses:  $2,625.00 in Canadian funds.

Payment can be made via online banking once you are registered as a McMaster University student.  Details will be provided upon acceptance of your application.

Tuition fees cover all academic instruction, the course handbook and learning resource package. As a student in the OTepp Certificate Program you are responsible for payment of the tuition fees for all courses you register for unless you withdraw prior to the deadlines.  Fees for textbooks, microphone headsets, pre-practicum tasks (such as immunization, vulnerable sector screen and criminal record check), travel and parking are the responsibility of the student. 

The OTepp program is not eligible for government student loans; however, there are financial resources available.

OTepp reserves the right to alter fees as required.

  • Access Community Capital Fund - a loan program available to eligible applicants living in the Greater Toronto Area and Hamilton, Ontario.
  • Windmill Microlending - this loan program is available across Canada including the Greater Toronto Area.
  • The Yukon IEHP Bursary is available to IEHPs who have lived in Yukon for a minimum of three months. The fund covers up to 66% of eligible expenses per year such as competency assessment fees, registration fees for bridging programs, attendance at one language proficiency test, etc. 
  • On February 22, 2012, HRSDC (now ESDC) officially launched the Foreign Credential Recognition Loans Pilot to help internationally trained individuals cover the cost of licensing exams, training, skills upgrading and other costs encountered during the foreign credential recognition process.  To search available resources, click here.
  • Provincial governments or municipalities may have programs for newcomers entering the workforce or needing to upgrade their skills.  OTepp is happy to support your application and can provide confirmation of enrollment upon request.